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The Town of Angelica once extended from the Pennsylvania border almost to Nunda, NY. This area includes 50-60 cemeteries including present-day Angelica's Until the Day Dawn Cemetery. 

Ron Chernow's recent biography of Angelica Schuyler Church's brother-in-law, Alexander Hamilton, references her influence in social and political development of the U. S. over sixty times.

Hamilton, born in poverty in the Caribbean, wrote many of the Federalist Papers (based on his belief in a strong central government), served as aide-de-camp to General Washington, and became the first Secretary of the Treasury in the new United States government. Hamilton and Eliza named their first daughter "Angelica" in honor of Eliza's sister. For many years the pistols from Hamilton's duel with Aaron Burr had been kept in Angelica.

Together, Church and Van Campen built the early settlement of Angelica, New York. VanCampen's home, built in 1809, is just beyond the village. The VanCampen homestead was listed on the N. Y. State Register of Historic Places in March of 2004 and then in April the home (presently owned by Bill and Denise Hart) was listed on the National Register. The VanCampen house is the third Angelica property listed in the the National Register of Historic places, joining the Belvidere mansion and the old Allegany County Courthouse. On April 7, 1806, Angelica was formed as a township. The community included sawmills, roads and inns and was named county seat. By 1820, a newspaper, jail, several mills, and two stores were added. Water from the Angelica's Black Creek provided power. Later industries included a barrel factory, a paper box factory, and a carriage works.

French Aristocrats: At approximately the same time, two families of French political exiles, the DuPonts and the d'Autremonts, arrived in Angelica. Members of both families showed an active interest in humanitarian and public affairs.

Rev. Calvin Fairbank and the Underground Railroad

Read about his part in the Underground Railroad by clicking HERE. Rev. Fairbank left this record of how he helped slaves to freedom: "[In 1847] I guided toward the north star, in violation of the of Virginia and Kentucky. I piloted them through the forests mostly by night... girls dressed as ladies; men and boys as gentlemen or servants; men in women's clothes and women in men's clothes...on foot or on horseback, in buggies, carriages, common wagons, in and under loads of hay, straw, old furniture, boxes and bags...swimming or wading chin deep, or in boats or skiffs; on rafts, and often on a pine log. And I never suffered one to be recaptured!"

Links to Historical Research

Towns of Allegany County:


Allegany County Cemeteries:
Allegany County Cemetery Index:

Early Allegany County Marriages (1831-57)

POORHOUSE (located in Angelica)
Allegany County Poorhouse (1823): 
Allegany County Poorhouse (1870):
Allegany County Poorhouse (1875):
Fire at the Almshouse (1923):


Angelica Collectanea: 


Beers History Index: 

Deaths Register Compilation:



ANGELICA'S NAMESAKE: Angelica Schuyler Church


Significant Letters to Angelica Schuyler Church



Roque, an ancient form of Croquet, is still played in the Park Circle's Roque Court on warm, summer evenings. Each player has their own hand-crafted equipment. This picture is from the early 1900s.